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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Marrow of Life

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It was Henry David Thoreau who once penned the words, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

What does this mean? What is he saying? Why did he say it?

While I cannot speak for Mr. Thoreau, and I guess it really isn’t that important to me, I know how this applies to my own life…

I was with a friend of mine recently. We went out because of a life-changing event in the pathway she is walking. This event is not necessarily a good thing.

As we talked we enjoyed our dinner—as well as each others’ company—I couldn’t help but think about the simple pleasures I have in this life. The things about me which I often take for granted. I hope you will forgive my indulgence by mentioning a few of these varied bits and pieces…

  • Eating spoonful of cookie dough, as the sweetness of it beckons you to fetch a glass of milk.
  • Walking on a brisk afternoon as the scent of autumn wafts about on the breeze.
  • Watching a sunset as it sets the sky ablaze in an orchestra of color.
  • Wearing a brand-new pair of flannel pajamas, and feeling the warmth of a blanket wrapped about you on a frosty night.
  • The smell of freshly-baking bread and eating it, fresh off of the loaf, with little wells of melted butter like lakes on its surface.
  • Talking to a dear friend for hours on end about nothing in particular—and enjoying each others’ company with so many common experiences we’ve shared.
  • Watching the stars above you, as they watch you back on a warm, lazy summer night with an ensemble of crickets lulling you into slumber.
  • Listening to that song…you know the one…the one I haven’t heard it in such a long time and then suddenly, there it is again. I love it even more than the first time I’d heard it.
  • To shoulder a backpack and head out into the lonely windswept desert hills and not see another soul for days on end. It’s just she and I.

You might say that tonight was yet another reminder to me that life is meant to be lived deeply—and to the fullest.

“Live life so completely that when death comes like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal.”

- Unknown

Image not-so-shamelessly stolen from here.


Kalei's Best Friend said...

Well said, I agree w/u as well w/the quotes...I've learned to embrace the good and bad experiences.. I think its the reason we are here...also to enrich others as well as learn from them.

Corine said...

It is wonderful when something good comes from a not so good life changing event.

PS That is an awesome list of simple pleasures; good for you! It is so easy to take simple pleasures for granted... and so wonderful when we don't! :D

Anonymous said...

Love your list. Even on the really ugly days I am reminded of and grateful for the positive and good things in life. Like great friends.

I especially like that last quote. It's a dang good one! :D

Shannon said...

Absotively beautimous.

Joan said...

I love the list too. I want, everyday, to remember I am blessed by the universe is so many ways.

Lori said...

I love this list, and love the Thoreau quote, too. Such a good reminder for us all.

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